[Christianity Today] 13 Feb 2009--Have you ever been playing basketball and had someone take the ball inbounds, dribble it down the court, and shoot it without ever passing the ball? We have a word for people like that: ball hogs! They never work within a team environment. They play for themselves.
Unfortunately, I know many small-group leaders who are ministry hogs. They want to do all of the ministry in a small group without sharing it. (Yes, that's a bad thing.) The Bible says, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds" (Hebrews 10:24).
Your challenge as a church leader is to help people get out of their comfort zones and see that God wants to use them in ministry. I love this quote: "People grow the most when they are serving and taking responsibility. Every task, no matter how small, is an opportunity to serve."